Construction has begun on the fourth and final building by Smith s as part of The Village development, the last portion of the expansion at Kimball
Construction has begun on the fourth and final building by Smith s as part of The Village development, the last portion of the expansion at Kimball Junction. Christopher Reeves/Park Record
A white truck with red lettering reading "Now Hiring!" is parked next to a building that has gone up outside Smith's at Kimball Junction. The windows are lined with signs for Five Guys Burgers, a fast food restaurant opening in one of the spaces in The Village, the development that has been under construction for the last five months.

The property is owned by O'Brien Kiernan Investment Company based in San Francisco, and construction has been headed by HN Development Services of Salt Lake City after its bid was selected by Ross Varner, representative of O'Brien Kiernan, in the first quarter of the year.

Varner said plans and designs for the development began in the fall of last year before a bid was chosen. After they made their decision and construction started, Varner began working with leasing agents, such as Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and Commerce Real Estate Solutions, to fill the spaces in the development.

"We got these businesses through our contacts, relationships and the brokerage community," Varner said. "Now there are only two spaces left available."

Tiffanie Robinson with the Summit County Planning Division said they have worked with multiple property owners to complete the development, such as Paul Hitzelberger, who owns the Del Taco franchise at Kimball Junction, Steve Sorenson, who represented the Smith's expansion, and Mountain America Credit Union.


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"Those businesses had already been built and received certificates of occupancy, but these new buildings are owned by O'Brien Kiernan," Robinson said. "The Village at Kimball Junction is just the last portion of the expansion."

According to Robinson, Summit County Transportation Engineer Kent Wilkerson helped with traffic planning and designing the roundabout.

Ryan Smith, project manager with HN Development Services, said several popular restaurants have signed leases in the new development, such as Five Guys Burgers, Jimmy John's, Café Zupas and Freebirds World Burrito.

According to Smith, Five Guys is the reason HN Development Services became interested in constructing The Village. HN Development is owned by Darryl Nieder and Steve Hawes, who are also majority partners of HN Capital and Maestro Guys, the company that owns, operates and builds Five Guys franchises in Utah.

When Maestro Guys started working with O'Brien Kiernan to sign a lease for a Five Guys franchise in The Village, owners Nieder and Hawes could not pass up the opportunity to put in a bid with their other company, HN Development Services, to construct the last portion of the Kimball Junction expansion, Smith said.

Five Guys will be located in building A, and the other three buildings B, C and F are being leased by companies like Spectrum Salon and, possibly, businesses like AT&T and Simply Mac. The companies were sought out specifically by HN Development Services, according to Varner.

"I think [these businesses] are going to create some great energy for the community," Varner said. "These tenants are top of the line in their categories, so we are really excited to have them."

Smith said several of the businesses should be open by the end of November. Five Guys is anticipating an Oct. 21 debut. The Jimmy John's started construction this week, and the restaurant should be open six weeks after that. Spectrum Salon is hoping to open by late November.